Resident Evil 6 demo timed exclusive for Xbox over PS3 a ‘strategic business decision’

Exclusive comment from Capcom: "This was a strategic business decision." The RE 6 demo will hit Xbox 360 two months before PlayStation 3. Is Capcom pulling an Activision in order to embrace a larger audience?

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thedude444547d ago

you see, why not make actual exclusive games instead of doing stupid things like this microsoft?

Why o why4547d ago (Edited 4547d ago )


From exclusive games to timed exclusive games to timed dlc to timed demos....what next;)

WrAiTh Sp3cTr34547d ago

That'll sting for 2 months...if you don't have 360 ;)

LOGICWINS4547d ago (Edited 4547d ago )

@Wraith- Something tells me that the people complaining about this are people who don't have 360s...and therefore have to wait two months to play the demo.

I don't know how this thread turned into a rant about how Microsoft lacks exclusives. If you owned a 360 and you were THAT angry about a lack of exclusives, then you would have bought a PS3 or invested in a gaming PC YEARS ago.

@fluffydelusions- If you have all consoles, then you have nothing to complain about. The purpose of the timed demo is

1) To create another justification to buy a 360 over a PS3 in the early summer months.

2) To give Microsoft an early edge in advertising an AAA multiplatform game.

If you think thats stupid, then you don't know much about marketing. RE5 sold more on the PS3, Microsoft wants to change that with RE6. Having a timed demo is the first step.

"Yeah, the sting of buying Dragon's Dogma will suck for 360 owners."

You just made yourself sound very bitter with that comment.

fluffydelusions4547d ago

@LOGICWINS I have all consoles but this is just stupid...a timed demo...cmon really?

yesmynameissumo4547d ago (Edited 4547d ago )

@WrAiTh Sp3cTr3

Yeah, the sting of buying Dragon's Dogma will suck for 360 owners.


I sound like a person who wouldn't pay $60 for Dragon's Dogma to play a demo 2 months early.

"The purpose of the timed demo is

1) To create another justification to buy a 360 over a PS3 in the early summer months."

Yeah, a tidal wave of consumers are going to buy a 360 over a PS3...for the RE6 demo. You need to take your act on the road, that shit was funny!

Diver4547d ago

my not buying resident evil 6 is a strategic business details decision.

Why o why4547d ago (Edited 4547d ago )

Timed anticipation will be next i swear...lol

@logic, c'mon man, a demo, really, reckon they paid....was that the strategy. Many of us own both consoles so you're right we'll just grab it or whichever comes first but i think you're missin th point. Timed Demo.....how much will that cost....obviously not enough to do anything significant with but thats what this gen is turning into...bragging rights over a timed demo. You're probably right about ms wanting this re to sell more than the ps version as re was born on the ps like many of the current multiplats....Either way its funny. You also mention what may or may not be a risk for MS....Seems like we make too many excuses for them to make more and give less. Xbox is here to stay. None of the 3 are struggling so why shouldnt they take more risks...our main benefit is games NOT their bottom line but If i was a shareholder or whatever Id be mega pleased ith how ms are moving this gen


I stand corrected....add a pinch to my first comment.

darthv724547d ago (Edited 4547d ago )

To be fair. It doesnt just happen in games. It happens to movies as well. Movie studios will try to do something exclusive to get people to buy their dvd or bluray.

Or a better example is the retailers that do their little exclusive this or that to try and get sales from other retailers. We have seen the different strategies that retailers use to try and get you to buy the game from them instead of the other guy.

Timed exclusives (be it games or demos) are really just a marketing ploy to entice sales like logic said. If you buy into it then it works. If you dont then no harm no foul.

@outside...I didnt disagree with him. Just saying that similar marketing ideas happen outside the gaming world too.

Also, there have been a few multiplatform games that have tried their hand at exclusive content to sway sales. It doesnt always work though.

Outside_ofthe_Box4547d ago (Edited 4547d ago )

@why o why

It isn't even about getting a timed demo lol. You have to buy dragon's dogma in order to get the demo early. Microsoft is just trying to increase sales of dragon's dogma. So only those that REALLY want to play the demo early will get to do so and they'll have to do it at the expense of $60.

yesmynameis is actually right. Having a timed demo isn't going to get people to buy the game on the console/ get people to buy the console itself especially if you have to buy another game to play the demo... If this was DLC it would be a different story.

Army_of_Darkness4546d ago (Edited 4546d ago )

It's ummm.. cheaper than a timed- exclusive game/ or DLC?!?!?
Microsoft, are you getting stingy on your 360 gamers!!?? LMAO!

Solid_Snake374546d ago

Is this a joke? A timed exclusive demo?

sikbeta4546d ago

Dayum! waiting 2 months is way too long :(

badz1494546d ago

instead of getting exclusive contents for the game for itself, they opted for an exclusive DEMO?!

you would think that they would reward buyers with something valuable, like $5 voucher towards RE6 or even exclusive DLC or going the extra mile by giving away exclusive games like what has been done on PS3 with MoH + Frontlines, DS2 + DS Extraction, Portal 2 + PC version for free and BF3 + back to Karkand DLC, but NO! an exclusive DEMO, which will be available for everybody for FREE in 2 months is their choice!

good job! /s

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yesmynameissumo4546d ago


The Mortal Kombat demo was tied to PS+ as a benefit of being a PS+ subscriber. There was no "Buy this game and get the demo before the other platform!" garbage. If you're going to try and use that as an example, try not omitting the facts behind it. Why no uproar? For the same reason there's no uproar when Borderlands with all the DLC is discounted to $15 or Back to the Future, Far Cry 2, Tomb Raider Underworld, etc. are free - benefits of being a PS+ subscriber. Hell, exclusive demos is one of PS+'s bullet points.

If the RE6 demo were a XBL Gold benefit, I'm not sure there would be such an outcry. There would be clear reasoning behind it, you have to be a Gold subscriber. Simply positioning the RE6 demo as a timed exclusive b/c a check was written deserves criticism.

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bakasora4546d ago

It's ok, maybe I get my PS3 copy used. Or DL it for the PC version. Now that's strategic for me.

gman_moose4546d ago

Just want to bring up the fact that you have to buy a shitty game to play this demo, so.... no one wins.

Hayabusa 1174546d ago


From exclusive games to timed exclusive games to timed dlc to timed demos....what next;)"

...Timed announcements.

Darrius Cole4546d ago (Edited 4546d ago )

I think a lot of people didn't read the article. There is only a two month timed-exclusive for people who buy Dragon's Dogma for 360. If you don't buy Dragon's Dogma then you get the demo at the same time on 360 and PS3.

Who the hell wants to buy Dragon's Dogma? I had never heard of it until I read this article, hence Capcom's "strategic business decision." Capcom needed a way to tie this game to Resident Evil in order to sell it.

This is not about PS3 or 360. This is all about Dragon's Dogma, and Resident Evil is not going to be enough to earn this game decent US sales on any platform.

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LOGICWINS4547d ago (Edited 4547d ago )

Maybe because they know that multiplatform console games as a whole sell more than exclusive console games and they want to make it seem like the 360 is the console of choice for multiplatform games.

Given the popularity of the RE name and the announcement of 6 player co-op, RE6 is already GUARANTEED to sell a few million copies. It makes more sense to invest millions marketing a guaranteed sell than taking a risk on an exclusive IP that 360 owners might not be interested in.

It's a smart move. I just hope that this Microsoft alliance doesn't mean that Capcom is ditching Move support for RE games.

thedude444547d ago (Edited 4547d ago )

what about the gamers? who get jack squat from these deals? they get nothing. this is a stupid move from microsoft. they could be giving exclusive games to their fans.

edit 2: so if twilight is guaranteed to sell millions then movies like the hurt locker should not be made because twilight is guaranteed to sell millions?

LOGICWINS4547d ago (Edited 4547d ago )

"what about the gamers? who make jack squat from these deals? they get nothing. this is a stupid move from microsoft."

They ARE looking out for gamers...the issue here is that they are only looking out for the MAJORITY of gamers. This is understandable.

If Microsoft knows that the majority of 360 gamers buy multiplatform games, then why invest millions to create new IPs(something that only the minority of 360 gamers have been asking for) that 360 owners might not like?

Majority rules.

This is the way businesses have been making decisions since..well, EVER.

Frankly, if your not happy with the 360s library of games, why not get a job and buy a PS3?

Godchild10204547d ago

I agree. I also hope they don't ditch move support. At least patch it in at a later date so it doesn't delay the game on PS3 or both Platforms.

I couldn't care less about waiting 2 months for the Demo, if I was only a single console owner. The PS3 is getting 5 characters that the 360 is not getting. They could get 2 of them at a later date, but that still leaves us three that they will never see. I know SFXT will not sell as well as RE6, but it will sell accordingly and do well in it's own right.

Outside_ofthe_Box4547d ago (Edited 4547d ago )

Oh, no thedude44 you aren't making sense. Didn't you know that 360 gamers have a share in Micorsoft's stock? /s

"They ARE looking at for gamers...the issue here is that they are only looking out for the MAJORITY of gamers. This is understandable."

Don't really get how having the demo first is looking out for the majority of gamers. At the end of the day multiplatform games are on both consoles. Microsoft could not invest a dime in mutiplat games and multiplats would still exist on the 360 console last time I checked...

I agree that Microsoft investing in multiplats is a smart decision on their part, but it doesn't really change anything for 360 gamers. They just get the demo earlier than they would have gotten it had Microsoft not done anything or if you look at it pessimistically they just delayed the PS3 version. Either way it isn't a huge benefit for 360 gamers as it is for Microsoft.

360 exclusives benefits all 360 gamers more than it would hurt them.

LOGICWINS4547d ago (Edited 4547d ago )

"so if twilight is guaranteed to sell millions then movies like the hurt locker should not be made because twilight is guaranteed to sell millions?"


Bad analogy. I never said that exclusives game shouldn't exist period. I'm saying that if you know that the majority of your audience will buy multiplatform games..then THATS what you should be concentrating on, assuming your using common sense.

360 owners themselves are to blame if they don't have more exclusive titles. They are the ones who WILLINGLY choose to make COD/Madden games record breakers every year. Microsoft is simply giving the majority what they want.

Thats why I have a 360 AND a PS3...I seldom have anything to complain about as a gamer.